Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This heritage site is a national gathering place, where the governor general lives, honours Canadians for their excellence, hosts foreign dignitaries and performs the functions of Canada’s Head of State, as the representative of the Crown in Canada.
Rideau Hall is the largest official residence in Canada’s Capital Region and the only one open to the public. The residence houses rooms for State functions, offices and other work spaces, including kitchens, and a greenhouse run by the National Capital Commission (NCC) where plants and flowers are grown for use in all six official residences.
Heads of State and royalty stay at Rideau Hall during visits to Ottawa. Most recently, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II stayed at Rideau Hall during the 2010 Royal Tour of Canada.
As a working residence, Rideau Hall serves many official functions. Almost every prime minister and cabinet has been sworn in at Rideau Hall since Sir John A. Macdonald in 1867. Canadians from across the country are honoured with various awards celebrating excellence and achievement.
Rideau Hall is open year-round for tours of the residence, and the art collection.
Click here to take a virtual tour of Rideau Hall, presented by National Capital Commission.
How to Get to Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A1